Interim Superintendent Search

  • Internal Stakeholders  
    RGS Classified Suzanne Bevier
    RGS Licensed Shar Hunter
    RHS Classified Cheryl Wright
    RHS Licensed Laura Keldorf
    RTA (Appointed) Adam McClain
    Admin (Appointed) Kerri Smith
    D.O. Staff (Appointed) Chrisie Patrick
    External Stakeholders  
    Grade School PTC Board Alexia dePottere-Smith
    High School PTC Board Wendy Domreis
    Parent - Grade School, In District Kathy Fitzgibbon
    Parent - RHS - Out of district Jenn Brian
    High School Student Max Jones
    High School Student Brendan Vasanth
    Community Member Carrie Gentry

Stakeholder Application

  • Friday, July 30

    Riverdale School Board Interim Superintendent Search Update

    Dear Riverdale Community,
    We write to update you on our Interim Superintendent Search. As a reminder, the District is being led temporarily by Acting Superintendent Sascha Perrins, who is on loan to us from the Multnomah Education Service District. The Board recently decided to pursue the hiring of an Interim Superintendent to lead the District so that we can act during their tenure to thoughtfully and deliberately conduct a full search for a Superintendent. The Board engaged the experienced and respected team at Human Capital Enterprises (HCE) to coordinate the Interim Superintendent Search.
    Last Saturday, the Board conducted a work study with Hank Harris and Robyn Bean of HCE to discuss options for the Interim Superintendent search. Topics included the search timeline, whether the Interim position will be one or two years, salary ranges, candidate background checks, and how to ensure community input. We encourage you to watch the meeting recording (linked above) to hear those details.  

    Public Engagement

    The Board is committed to engaging with the Riverdale community to deliberate toward hiring our district executive. All materials related to the search will be posted to the Riverdale website here. As always, we also welcome individual communications via phone or email and public comment at our Board meetings. 
    In addition, a group of community stakeholders will be convened (see list below), some by lottery (parents, students and a community member) and some by appointment (PTC Board members), to participate in candidate interviews. The Board is sincerely committed to an inclusive process and has adopted this structure in order to maximize and broaden community representation in this process. Several positions will be open to Riverdale students, parents, and community members. You and your student will be able to apply for these positions by following the instructions and completing the application included in the District Newsletter, which will be sent later today.
    Please note that you must be available on August 13th from 8:00 a.m - 5:00 p.m. for the virtual interviews. A community member lottery will be conducted by HCE on August 6th. The Board will play no role in the lottery process. Those selected will be announced on August 6th and will be thoroughly trained on interview procedures prior to the interviews. The final stakeholder committee list will be published publicly. 
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    Search Timeline 

    Thank you for your support and involvement as we move forward as a community to select our Interim Superintendent. 
    Your Riverdale School Board
    Carrie Spurlock, Chair
    Jeff Dominitz, Vice Chair
    Kevin McPherson, Director
    Joe Prats, Director
    Michele Rosenbaum, Director
  • Tuesday, July 20 

    District Leadership Hiring Update

    At a Special Board Meeting last night, the Board voted to engage Human Capital Enterprises, a well-respected school staffing consultancy, to lead us in the expedited hiring of an Interim Superintendent, as a first step toward searching for a long-term superintendent. We acknowledged the desire to bring on an experienced leader as an Interim Superintendent who can help us look at improving administrator and staff retention in order to inform the search for a long-term Superintendent. We are committed to engaging the Riverdale community throughout this process by keeping you fully informed via communications, public meetings and participation in interviews. To learn more details about the hiring process and how to get involved, please tune in to our Board Work Study this Saturday, July 24 at 8 a.m.
    As we work to fill current leadership openings, Multnomah Education Service District (MESD) is supporting Riverdale with important technical services. MESD serves all school districts in Multnomah County with a variety of programs, including academic supports, special education programming, communication services, business services and other administrative supports. Sascha Perrins, MESD Assistant Superintendent, will serve as Riverdale's Acting Superintendent and can be reached at We are grateful to Sascha for lending his professionalism and experience to Riverdale this summer.
    Human Capital Enterprises will also assist with the selection process for hiring Principals for RGS and RHS. Hiring of Principals is a Superintendent-led process, and Sascha is working collaboratively with the Board during this unique time at Riverdale. The positions are currently posted with the goal of hiring new principals in the coming weeks to be ready for the opening of school.